Dealing with the Prejudiced (long post:sorry)... - page 4

The analogy of the prejudiced patient that was brought up in the VIP suite thread has kept sticking in the back of my mind. I hope that raising this question does not offend anyone (ready for flames... Read More

  1. by   Aussienurse2
    I once had a patient come out of ECT into a room full of Vietnamese nurses that didn't end too well. Course he was ex-SAS in Vietnam, little bit more thought could have happened there methinks. .As to the other stuff, well, the mind becomes boggled. To refuse care because you don't like the colour of nurses skin seems to me to be just a little......hmm, to say this nicely.......stupid? dumb? idiotic? mind power of a newt?

    ( the kids are away and I'm just a wee bit under the weather, my powers of verbage are limited...can ya tell??)
  2. by   tshores
    We had a guy in CVICU once who was a member of the KKK and openly admitted it. The surgeons close the patients' chests and bring them straight to us, so we do all the recovery, etc. His family had told me he would only want white nurses but didn't tell me why. (I've been approached several times--usually be family members--that a patient would only want a particular color of nurse, but I always tell them we don't have many CV nurses and all of them are very well trained.) The only CV nurse scheduled that night was black, and I told her what the family had said so she would be at least aware. After she extubated him, he told her he was a member of the KKK, but when he started waking up he thought he'd died and was in heaven--and was scared to have been wrong all these years cause the angels were all black. :chuckle We laughed about it for a long time, but he was very nice to her all night and never complained about her at all. Don't know if it helped change his attitude or not...hope so.